Managing Change in 2017

Hello, and welcome to another stupid year! Or another amazing year – it’s really yet to be determined what kind of year it’s going to be. But it definitely promises to be an interesting year, for me at least, because I’m going to become a father. This is officially the last month of my life…


How To Convince Lazy People To Work Harder

If you’re at all like me, then you’ll remember group projects from high school with a mixture of frustration and more frustration. Your history teacher assigned four of you to present a report about the Civil War, and you stayed up late three nights in a row sewing a perfect replica of a Union general’s…

Jeff Havens Ode to Meeting Planners

Ode to Meeting Planners

This rhyme is for you, And please let’s be plain. You’re planning a conference So you must be insane. Perhaps you’re a newbie And if that is so Allow me to tell you What the rest of us know. You’ll visit the venue And be treated top notch They’ll ply you with sturgeon And single…

Jeff Havens Generational Keynote Speaker

Real-World Generational Questions

Hey everyone! I just delivered a webinar with BizLibrary to 750 people about generational issues in the workplace. It went pretty well, if the lack of death threats is any indication, and several people asked follow-up questions about specific issues they were facing at work. Since I thought some of you might be facing the…

Breakup with 2016

How to Break Up With 2016!

Hello, and welcome to the end of 2016! It feels a bit like a break-up. I mean, I know I’m never going to see 2016 again, but am I making the right decision? Should I really be leaving 2016 for 2017? I mean, I hardly even know 2017. What if she’s not as good for…


Giving Can Be Fun!

Yes, we’ve posted this video for the last couple of years, but it’s still fun and hopefully encourages everyone to get in the right spirit for the holiday season!

Jeff Havens Change Management Article

How to Survive a Company Merger

My wife works at a giant company which recently announced they were going to merge with another giant company in order to create an ever gianter company with a handful of baby subsidiary spinoff companies that will each also be giant companies all by themselves. From the outside, it looks to me like a not-so-subtle…

Jeff Havens Productivity Article

How to Accomplish More By Doing Less

Sweden. The very name conjures images of yodeling shepherd women and…wait, no that’s Germany. Ah yes, the majestic fjords of…hold on, that’s Norway. White sandy beaches sounds more Caribbean-y. What’s Sweden known for, anyway?

How to create an effective powerpoint presentation

How to Create an Effective Powerpoint Presentation

I’ve been a professional keynote speaker now for over a decade, which means I know what I’m saying when I tell you that nobody really wants to look at me while I’m talking. To be fair, it’s not just me – nobody really wants to look at anyone while they’re delivering a presentation, which is…

Jeff Havens Ultrasound

We’re Expecting!

Surprise! Last month I told you that a had a fun surprise for you this month, and here it is – my wife and I are expecting our first child! We decided that we had too much disposable income and free time, and anyway I’ve been sleeping far too well lately. There was this one…

Matt Havens Office Fun Keynote

Boring Isn’t A Business Requirement!

Another week, another city! This week I’m in Atlanta where I’m getting the opportunity to learn all about highway transportation systems as I sit in hours upon hours of soul-deflating gridlock. (Am I kidding? Only slightly.) Quite frankly, though, I really enjoy visiting Atlanta. You’ve got a mix of great weather, a thriving big city,…

how to become a successful ceo

How to Become a Successful CEO

Welcome to October! The earth is moving ever farther away from the sun (which is not at all what’s happening), and trees all around the world are very, very slowly trying to kill us. If only they could drop their leaves all at once, they might succeed in taking a few of us out –…

Jeff Havens Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library Update

If you get my newsletter (which you absolutely should!!) you probably read about our initiative with and the unexpected upside that comes with being charitable.  Well our little libraries are all finished and I wanted to provide a quick update on the AMAZING response we received!  In fact, we had more people wanting the…

How to Become an Economist

How to Become An Economist

I put this video together three years ago just for fun and it’s amazing how the message is still as timely as it was when we filmed it! Video below…    

Jeff Havens Work From Home

How to Act Like a Professional When You Work From Home

Hello all! I’m currently writing to you whilst in my pajamas. They’re bright pink, and they go great with the silvery boa I have draped around my neck. My feet are quite warm in their bunny slippers, and my ears are nice and toasty behind the bunny earmuffs I threw on in an ecstatic fit…

Little Free Library

The Unexpected Upside of Charity

Hello everyone, and (almost) welcome to September! We’re finally done with the tedium of warm days and scampering around in swimsuits. No longer shall you have to pretend to love spending your every waking moment with your children, since you now once again ship them off to school! And perhaps most importantly of all, I’m…

Matt Havens twins

2 Things I Learned from My Kids about Generational Differences

Hi everyone! I wanted to try something new this month. As you know I talk about generational differences – and given my age and propensity to SnapChat emojis (which I’m not really even sure is a thing), I’m normally talking from the stance of a Young Person in our battle against the crotchety Old People.…

Do Interns Have Rights?

Do Interns Have Any Rights At All?

Earlier this month, an entire cadre of interns was fired for submitting a petition to their employer asking for a more relaxed dress code. The Internet got hold of the story, and all kinds of people decided to weigh in. “Kids these days,” said Jason Chalker, whoever that is. “Real life can be brutal,” Glenn…

Jeff Havens Teamwork Article

The Upside of Compromise

Recently my wife and I had a disagreement about how to wash the dishes. She’s a big fan of throwing every single thing into the dishwasher, which I largely applaud. But occasionally there’s an exceptionally dirty pot that needs more vigorous attention than our meager dishwasher can provide, and so I’ve argued to have those…